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 Post subject: Sparton 66 - sold it a few years ago
PostPosted: Jun Mon 10, 2019 4:29 am 
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Looks like my old Sparton 66 is coming back around. I sold this a few years ago... interesting to see it pop up again. It's a nice little radio if anyone is looking for one of these.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Sparton-1930s-Vacuum-Tube-ART-DECO-Console-Radio-GR-VY-/163727501985


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 Post subject: Re: Sparton 66 - sold it a few years ago
PostPosted: Jun Mon 10, 2019 12:21 pm 
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It is listed as untested. Can I assume you did no restoration and sold it as a non-working radio?

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 Post subject: Re: Sparton 66 - sold it a few years ago
PostPosted: Jun Mon 10, 2019 1:02 pm 
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There is something jarring about the way they assembled the radio into that cabinet. It almost looks like it was an afterthought with the radio and it's faceplate not really matching the rest of the cabinet. The upper knobs are too close to the sides of the opening and the grain on the front panel just doesn't match the rest of the cabinet. If you'd asked me before telling me it's genuine, I'd have said it looks like a Frankenradio.


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 Post subject: Re: Sparton 66 - sold it a few years ago
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Squelch88 wrote:
It is listed as untested. Can I assume you did no restoration and sold it as a non-working radio?

Dennis

Correct, I had done no restoration on it. If I remember right, there were newer capacitors on it, so it had been worked on before.


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 Post subject: Re: Sparton 66 - sold it a few years ago
PostPosted: Jun Mon 10, 2019 1:31 pm 
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Here's a pictures of the chassis that I took previously. I don't see any indication that it had a different chassis in it, but could be wrong.


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 Post subject: Re: Sparton 66 - sold it a few years ago
PostPosted: Jun Mon 10, 2019 1:34 pm 
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John Bartley wrote:
There is something jarring about the way they assembled the radio into that cabinet. It almost looks like it was an afterthought with the radio and it's faceplate not really matching the rest of the cabinet. The upper knobs are too close to the sides of the opening and the grain on the front panel just doesn't match the rest of the cabinet. If you'd asked me before telling me it's genuine, I'd have said it looks like a Frankenradio.


+1 You beat me to everything I would have said. Also the the grillcloth has been replaced. You got to love those Silvertone knobs on it.

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 Post subject: Re: Sparton 66 - sold it a few years ago
PostPosted: Jun Mon 10, 2019 1:40 pm 
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I see that there is a cut through the hole where the speaker cable goes through. I'm assuming that the speaker doesn't detach from the chassis. That looks old and origional. Right now I'm leaning towards the theory that this is a factory cabinet but a very poorly designed and poorly matched up cabinet for this particular chassis. As was mentioned, it looks like a factory afterthought. Maybe this cabinet was designed for another chassis model and the Sparton engineers realized that they could also squeeze this chassis model into it.

So far I've not been able to find any other examples of this particular cabinet.

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 Post subject: Re: Sparton 66 - sold it a few years ago
PostPosted: Jun Mon 10, 2019 2:45 pm 
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Catalinradio.com? Toledo?


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 Post subject: Re: Sparton 66 - sold it a few years ago
PostPosted: Jun Mon 10, 2019 2:57 pm 
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radios2100 wrote:
Here's a pictures of the chassis that I took previously. I don't see any indication that it had a different chassis in it, but could be wrong.


I went looking for other photos of Sparton model 66, but couldn't find any model 66 consoles pictured elsewhere (I didn't look too hard). I certainly can't and won't say it's not original, but it just doesn't "look" right ...

sorry ... not intended to cause offense at all. I've had some pretty awful looking sets in my collection too :)


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 Post subject: Re: Sparton 66 - sold it a few years ago
PostPosted: Jun Tue 11, 2019 12:28 am 
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That chassis is straight out of a Sparton model 4-6.

https://radioatticarchives.com/radio.htm?radio=1888

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 Post subject: Re: Sparton 66 - sold it a few years ago
PostPosted: Jun Tue 11, 2019 12:41 am 
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But .... what is the source for the cabinet?


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 Post subject: Re: Sparton 66 - sold it a few years ago
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I guess this will be just another mystery ... is it really a Sparton model 66?


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 Post subject: Re: Sparton 66 - sold it a few years ago
PostPosted: Jun Wed 12, 2019 1:52 pm 
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What does the seller have to say about it?


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 Post subject: Re: Sparton 66 - sold it a few years ago
PostPosted: Jun Wed 12, 2019 8:58 pm 
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stillthesame wrote:
What does the seller have to say about it?



One of the previous owners of the radio is the OP of this thread. I can't find any photos on line of any other Sparton model 66 radio other than this one.


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